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Wrapping Up AmeriCorps Week 2012

March 21, 2012

We came, we saw, we worked! That is, this past AmeriCorps Week, AmeriCorps Alums celebrated how “AmeriCorps Works” in our lives and how it remains an important part of our Life After AmeriCorps.

Our national chapters hosted multiple events throughout AmeriCorps Week, including networking Happy Hours, service events, community outreach events, etc.

Many individuals and organizations smized for their pictures for AmeriCorps Works Here and showed us how service is essential to their successful professional paths (See all the pics by following our new Pinterest board!)

Over 300 registered and 160+ attended our AmeriCorps Town Hall Webinar where we heard inspirational stories from our 4 Alumni panelists on how AmeriCorps helped them find their passion and the path to achieving it. They also shared great advice for current members looking for successful transitions out of their service years.

Lots to highlight for AmeriCorps Week and here are some of our favorite quotes from AmeriCorps Week 2012:

  • “I am proud to recognize AmeriCorps Week and to honor the incredible work that they do each day. AmeriCorps was designed to give individuals a unique opportunity to give back to their communities. The service of each AmeriCorps member provides benefits to their communities, as well as a sense of pride and personal achievement. In my home state of Connecticut and across the country, the young men and women of AmeriCorps strengthen our communities and make them better places to live, learn, and grow. To put it simply, AmeriCorps works. Unfortunately, AmeriCorps has been threatened by budget cuts in recent years, but I have been proud to fight back and preserve this worthy program. I am so pleased to honor such a valuable program this week, and look forward to their continued good work.” – Congresswoman Rosa Delauro
  • “ACAlumsIndy & active AC members, you are BEYOND awesome! This week has been inspiring, tiring, needed, loved, educational, slightly challenging (we’ve had a couple hick-ups to overcome during the week) and hopeful. I can’t thank the handful of volunteers, the vendors and participants enough! You all have given an added spark to the already lit enthusiasm I have for AmeriCorps. Indy, without a doubt, got a LOT of things done this week and we’ll con’t to do so in the weeks, months and years ahead. Hope everyone has had an excellent and safe St. Patrick’s Day, and enjoys the remainder of ACWeek” – Lisa Shipley (ACAlumsIndy-Chap Leader)
  • “Wow, what a week that was! Thanks to all the AmeriCorps alums and members that participated in our AmeriCorps Week activities. You guys rock! Stay tuned for upcoming social and service activities. Cheers!” – Bay Area AmeriCorps Alums
  • While celebrating AmeriCorps Week 2012, the AmeriCorps Alums – Miami Chapter: ENGAGED 124 volunteers across 4 main events, CLEARED 1/4 acre of of invasive exotic plants from Miami Beach. APPLIED 25 gallons of paint, PLANTED 20 plants, CONNECTED with 17 nonprofit organizations, ENHANCED awareness of AmeriCorps programming, DEMONSTRATED that AmeriCorps Works and AmeriCorps Alums continue to Get Things Done! – Miami AmeriCorps Alums
  • “if you want to be happy for a lifetime, serve others.” @mayormcginn #AmeriCorpsWeek #AmeriCorpsWorks #Seattle – @KFTemple
  • Awesome start to ACWeek2012 today at the Bridgeport Public Library service event! 16 Garden beds prepped for spring planting at the Michelle Obama Community garden, 15 garbage bags of leaves and such raked and cleared, 1,500 books organized, sorted, labeled and arranged for community book sale. Great start to the week Rock Stars! – Connecticut AmeriCorps Alums
  • “600 grocery bags prepared at Aids Project Los Angeles for people with HIV/AIDS. Thanks to everyone who came out to serve! Great work!” – LA AmeriCorps Alums
  • Thanks to everyone that participated in#AmeriCorpsWorks AmeriCorpsWeek2012 activities. We got great stories–got them DONE! @tatum5472@NTXAlums
  • #AmeriCorpsWorks because it showed me how to be humble, and how to keep going, and that working for a non-profit, like #Habitat , matters. – @KatrinaKornecki
  • “What a great this morning! Thanks to all those who turned out for the AmeriCorps Summit. We had over 60 people representing nearly a dozen AmeriCorps agencies. It was inspiring conversation. Now let’s mobilize and make sure the community better understands how “AmeriCorps Works!” Many thanks to the United Way of Greater St. Louis for hosting us this morning.” – St. Louis AmeriCorps Alums

All in all, AmeriCorps Works is a theme that resonates so well for Alums. We are the role models of how service has worked for us and how we continue to keep that an integrated part in our lives. After our years of service, the reality is that not everyone will stay in the nonprofit or service fields. We all continue on to our own trajectory, but along the way, we find opportunities to incorporate volunteerism into our life, to remind ourselves of the positive impact we can make by helping others.

Our AmeriCorps experiences gave us so much to be grateful for and by being living examples of the benefits of service, we show the current members, the naysayers, and the politicians, that AmeriCorps WORKS and should continue to be fully backed by our government for many years to come!

Do you have an AmeriCorps Works story to share? Tell us your story on our Facebook tab! We’re collecting stories as part of National Volunteer Week and you have a chance to win a cruise trip just for sharing! Share your story here.

What is your favorite AmeriCorps Week moment?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 29, 2012 10:40 am

    Hooray for AmeriCorps Week. Can’t wait to have our own here in Austin, TX!!

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